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Grateful Dead Live at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA on 1979-11-25

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Grateful Dead Live at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA on 1979-11-25

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Loser, Minglewood Blues, Easy To Love You, Althea, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal Shakedown Street-> Bertha, Looks Like Rain, He's Gone-> The Other One-> Drums-> Truckin'-> Stella Blue-> Good Lovin', E: Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Pauley Pavilion, UCLA
Location Los Angeles, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD -> Master Cassette -> PCM -> Dat (44.1k) Transfer Info: Dat (Sony R500) -> SEK'D Prodif Plus -> Samplitude v7.02 Professional -> SHN Patch Info: Nakamichi 700 -> Master Cassette -> Reel -> CD (Possibly One More Reel Gen)
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Transferred by Charlie Miller


Recording Info: SBD -> Master Cassette -> PCM -> Dat (44.1k) Transfer Info: Dat (Sony R500) -> SEK'D Prodif Plus -> Samplitude v7.02 Professional -> SHN Patch Info: Nakamichi 700 -> Master Cassette -> Reel -> CD (Possibly One More Reel Gen) via Charlie Miller


Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2016
Subject: It is a certain sort of sound..
A good show on a Cali tour getting Mydland in sync.
Very nice 1st set with a little bit of everything.
Already pretty well reviewed
Comment on Althea: I am just noticing the pace of this tune is very different to what i remember at shows 84/93 whereas something like Sailor >Saint sounded pretty much exactly as it does here in 1979
Shakedown>Bertha ---Now that is a combo
Pre-drums list is creative enough that even LLR flows.
The Other One gets fierce
Phil pounds a few before band goes into Truckin
Stella>Good Lovin E) Johnny B
'Goode' sound and great show!
Reviewer: Thumbblue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2015
Subject: Good Lovin'
I love the early Brent years thanks to the access to shows this site provides. There was new blood, new life. Referenced the Good Lovin' just as an indication of why I keep streaming these years. High energy, well played....Brent was the man....sorry I didn't appreciate him more while at the shows back in the day. Hindsight 20/20.
Reviewer: jpotts3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2013
Subject: What a Jackstraw!
Hot show, and agreed, that one doesn't get any better- whoosh!
Reviewer: Augy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2013
Subject: I also recorded this show myself but ...!
Perhaps it was dumb of me, given that it was definitely the best sound they ever had at U.C.L.A. and consequently my best recording, when the soundboard came out I eventually taped over mine with the board!
I too liked the "Stella Blue", but I liked others versions better for example, the one I recorded at Winterland '78, (mine doesn't cut like the board), or when it rained at Red Rocks earlier this year '79 so they had to move to McNichol's in Denver, not to mention although I wasn't there, the last day of 6 at the Orpheum in San Francisco in '76 which was broadcast on the radio.
Regardless, of this "Stella Blue" as compared to others; without a doubt having heard many, this is one of the best versions of "Shakedown Street" with that keyboard of Mydland and the jam as as whole -> "Bertha" with the revolving accent (in Bertha on a chosen beat up through and especially beat #5)! The whole show is fairly good just like the San Diego shows before it, yet I'm still a bit partial to the second San Diego show and not because I live now 2 1/2 blocks from where those where; at the time I lived in Hermosa Beach (L.A. county).

San Diego
Reviewer: swampRatchild - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2010
Subject: wonderful
Tis one of those shows where phil is dropping bombs all over the place he hits some deep bass notes in jackstraw wich is one of my favorite versions and big river also smokes big time.i also love the show exatley one month before 10/25/79 both of these shows are quite wonderful to the ears.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 7, 2009
Subject: 11-25-79
Very nice show. Another grate remaster by Charlie. When I think of 79 I call 12-28-79 a grate five star show. I guess I'll call this one a four based on that.
Reviewer: skullsnroses - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2008
Subject: early brent
This show stands out to the listener very clearly as one of the first Brent shows. His voice is so fresh and high that there are moments when he really sounds like Donna. They are clearly trying to get the vocal haromies worked out. Brent comes on strong and drowns out the instruments sometimes. Jerry does sound a little lost. I don't think this was due to Drunkedness, but probably more about not knowing quite where and when to come in. Luckily Bob has no problem taking the bold lead. Truckin is a good example of this touchiness. It is also a good example of Brents musical talent to blast in the organ quite nicely so early on in his career. The 01 is really delightful, without too much jamming, but the confidence needed to break on through. I really enjoyed the shakedown->bertha... but the killer this show isssss

Big River, yes thats right, Big River. Jerry skillfully applies the flame to the fuel at just the right moment to take you out into space at 10 Gs... nothing left to do, but pull your underwear back out your crack jack. Hot show!
Reviewer: Gooseberry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2008
Subject: Bobby!!!!
I love Bobby's ad-lib lyrics on Sailor-Saint. He was the master of forgetting lyrics and yet nobody was the wiser.
Reviewer: AZStearns - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2007
Subject: Solid
Haven't even made it all the way through this show, but my ears love what they've heard so far. Great recording with a nice full sound; always love CM's transfers.

I will say that Jerry seemed off in his own world at the end of the Shakedown, just kinda noodling. But it still has that groove, thanks to Phil.

The Other One is sick and almost caused me to get into an accident while driving.

Get this one! Not sure about this version but the CM transfer up on Lossless Legs sounds great!
Reviewer: jackstraw86 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 26, 2007
Subject: My First Show
I've had this show for quite a while but I figured I'd finally chime in with a review.

I went with two buddies and none of us knew much about the Dead. I saw the Grateful Dead movie a couple of months earlier; it was my inaugural Trip and knew I had to see them live. We kept saying "Where's the chick" and "who's that keyboard player with all the hair?"

After the opening, I was hooked. Highlights include the Shakedown -> Bertha and the really nice Stella Blue. Too bad the boys stopped jamming out of Stella Blue a few years later. That was always a nice groove for Jerry to shine.

Great show, a hidden gem IMHO, excellent sound too. 4+ stars
Reviewer: JamminJerome - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2007
Subject: Enjoyable and fun show
The boys pick up the energy tonight and pull out an interesting setlist as well. I enjoyed this show, and so will you. Virtually every performance is strong, although nothing stuck out as a "best of." Solid 4 star show
Reviewer: Larree - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2007
Subject: Jerry "not" on the ball?
More like one of those insane Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan 50+ performances! Wilt Chamberlain, baby.
Reviewer: Igotaheadfulla - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2007
Subject: Get it together boys
Wow! One of you says Jerry's in the zone, another says he's off, high on something... Well, golly, I don't know what to think, other than, as with almost every other show I've heard, IT WAS AWESOME!!! Dudes, if you like the dead, you gotta stop smokin crack. Just like them. This show is a four, cause we save 5 stars for the Ark.
Reviewer: dcc292 - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2007
Subject: Dissenting View
I want to start by saying that this recording sounds fabulous. It is a pleasantly balanced mix with nice instrument separation, crisp fidelity, and brilliantly spliced-in second source sections where the primary source didn't exist. 5 star sound!
The playing during this show is difficult to sum up in just a few words. The band plays with good energy and intent on just about everything, with Bob and Phil delivering notable performances. I'd say that most of the band is firing on all cylinders with the notable exception of Garcia. To my ears Jerry just isn't on the ball throughout this show. His voice is very weary and he frequently goofs the lyrics. His guitar playing is sub par as well. His phrasing is off, he plays lots of sour notes and he's generally not as together as the other members. If I had to guess I'd say he was a little too high on something. I mean, it doesn't sound like he's got a cold or is similarly uninspired because there are moments when he is clearly enjoying performing. His playing during this show reminds me of other guitar players I know when they are drunk.
That out of the way I'd say that the highlights are Jack Straw, Ten Jed, Sailor>Saint, Deal, Shakedown and TOO. I think the Bertha out of Shakedown was a cool idea and gets props for spontaneity but the execution wasn't terribly impressive.
As I said in the title of the review I have a dissenting view of this show! No offense meant if you love it or what not.
Reviewer: audiohead22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2007
Subject: Jerry was on this night!
What a smoker! Jerry was in the zone all night. Absolutely incredible Lost Sailor > Saint, one of the best IMO. I can go on with almost every song in the 1st set, just outrageous! Download and keep while you can get this one.

And tyvm CM for the sweet mix and fantastic patches. Nice timing on Bertha, seemless.
Thank you for all your efforts! This show was worth it for sure, and it is appreciated. Another tasty treat coveted....mmmm

Reviewer: Ox Fall Down - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2006
Subject: Charlie Miller for President
I wish you could sort by CM as well as by date, band, etc.
Reviewer: Let Phil Drop The Bombs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2006
Subject: Phil
"The Other One" is one of the phinest - this mix has a great phil presence. Thank you CM, you are the man indeed. Long live the archive.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 22, 2006
Subject: Nice first set
The first set and the second are about equal in this show. Deal is great. Second set has some nice parts, but is not a 5 overall. Jerry seems to run out of ideas at the end of Shakedown. There's a good Other One, as far as the Other Ones go for this era. Truckin' and Stella are also highlights.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2006
Subject: Monster does not cover this
This as alot of the energy of Stanley Theatre another favorite. Everything is hot (and long) trust me.
Reviewer: Matty Kid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2005
Subject: Yep
This show is rippin straight from the start. Great sound and energy

The Shakedown will make you groove and the Bertha is absolutely outstanding.
Reviewer: Abeface - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2005
Subject: Monster start
Seeing as though Jack Straw is no question one of my top 3 favorite songs, this quickly became a version I kept playing over and over. Anytime a show kicks off like this, it usually means we're in for a treat. D/L it first to see what I mean, then get the rest of it!!
Reviewer: captain_trip_420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2005
Subject: Bertha
The Bertha did have a cut, but it seems it has been patched. Badass show. esp. the Shakedown > bertha and the he's gone > other one..smokin'
Reviewer: stratocaster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2005
Subject: T-Jed/ B-River
Good overall show, outstanding sound quality.

Phenomemal Tennessee Jed and an incendiary Big River are big time versions that deserve a listen...

that's all...beep beep

this one gets 5 stars, if only for the amazing sbd...
Reviewer: J.C. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2005
Subject: Woah...
The Other One meltdown is worth at least five stars by itself. Craziness.
Reviewer: hampshirehead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2005
Subject: where's jack ?
listening to show now....quality sounds great again....but i have tenn jedd listed as d1t2 and d1t3 ? d1t1 is the intro-tuning....where is jack straw ?
Reviewer: Bzl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2005
Subject: This IS the C. Miller version!
Reviewer: Deep Space - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2005
Subject: Charlie Miller
has just uploaded a perfect copy of this show with no hiss. Sick sound for a sick show. To bad more '79 shows don;t sound like the CM version.

Get it !!
Reviewer: jazzman28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2004
Subject: You Must have 2nd Set.
Smokin' show from start to finish....! Second set has the most going on though...

A little hiss, but this is the best you are going to find of this show for now.

The Shakedown/Bertha is rediculous and Jerry and Brent get really funky during the Shakedown!

Craig B in SF
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